In February, Morganelli wrote,:
"The City of Easton's present procedure is woefully inadequate and violative of due process rights. The notice sent to citizens essentially warns them that their car will be towed or immobilized unless they pay the fine. There is absolutely no opportunity to be heard nor is any notice given to the violator that he has a right to be heard. If a car is towed or immobilized, that is a violation of due process in that it is taking of private property by the government without due process of law."Every ticket issued last year and every ticket being issued right now is done with absolutely no authority under state or city law. There still is no codified due process provisions, Easton is scrambling to fix this problem. Sal Panto's claim that everything is necessarily false, and is rebutted by the very Ordinance that Panto is rushing through his hand-picked council. In the meantime, the city quickly excused Morganelli's ticket.
But Morganelli does not want to be excused. Yesterday, he issued a check to the Panto Parking Police for $65. This covers his fine and any late penalties.
"[I]n light of the fact that I am now in a position of reviewing the Easton parking process, and also to avoid any appearance of impropriety, special treatment or favoritism," Morganelli paid his ticket even though he's been cleared. "I would feel much better if I remit this regardless of my exoneration," he states.
So John is now a free man.